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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ALLUSIONS

And your allusions to March-cats and March-Khalids are too pitiful to be humorous.

But after a quarrel, when the laundress had bullied her, the old woman was not sparing in her allusions.

As for his Allusions and the like, many of them perhaps are quite lost to us.

Were there any secrets in it, or were there allusions that I ought not to see?

When she returned, for she did come back alone, there were allusions made to that outing.

Who knows what this woman may have said; what allusions her letter may contain?

There were allusions to some deeds—possibly the more valuable—which I could not find.

Allusions to events of the day which abound in the poem enable us to date it.

(which was very bold of him), he suppressed all allusions to Richard.

The allusions are so local and special that their meaning does not carry to a distance.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, from Latin allusionem (nominative allusio) "a playing with, a reference to," noun of action from past participle stem of alludere (see allude). An allusion is never an outright or explicit mention of the person or thing the speaker seems to have in mind.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.